California Bill Would Ban 'Boys and 'Girls' Departments | 22 Words

A proposed bill could see stores in California get rid of separate "boys" and "girls" departments for toys and clothes.

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When it comes to little boys and girls...

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Many things are immediately decided for them, including what they'll like playing with and what they'll wear.

So little girls are often seen wearing pink and playing with dolls...

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While boys are kitted out in blue and play with cars and action figures.

This has been the norm for decades now...

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But where did these stereotypes come from?

Decades of research by the University of Maryland historian Jo Paoletti suggests that up until the 1950s, chaos reigned when it came to the colors of gender.

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"There was no gender-color symbolism that held true everywhere," Paoletti told Life's Little Mysteries. Because the pink-for-a-girl, blue-for-a-boy social norms only set in during the 20th century in the United States, they cannot possibly stem from any evolved differences between boys' and girls' favorite colors, Paoletti has argued.

The whole gender color code is certainly fueled by modern-day marketing.

Things such as baby books, congratulations cards, birthday cards, clothing, and gifts are extremely influenced by the boy-girl color code. Can you imagine an "It's a Boy!" card in pink?

But now we're living in 2021, things are starting to change.

We're living in an era of gender fluidity and the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever!

Gender stereotypes are now being questioned...

And now that so many people identify as non-binary, meaning they don't assign themselves a gender, the whole "blue and pink" debate is now bigger than ever.

Why should little boys be expected to play with trucks and wear blue?

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And why can't little girls play with cars if they want to and wear t-shirts with dinosaurs on them?

While there are still products for children out there that are painfully stereotypical towards gender...

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The stereotypes surrounding gender are starting to loosen slightly.

And a proposed bill in California could help loosen this even more.

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As, if brought in, it would see big stores have to get rid of separate "boys" and "girls" departments for toys and clothes.

Something that's caused quite a stir online...

The proposed bill would require stores in California with 500 or more employees to maintain "undivided areas of its sales floor" for childcare items, kids clothes and toys, "regardless of whether an item has traditionally been marketed for either girls or for boys."

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As per the New York Post, it would also ban signs that indicate if specific items are for girls or boys.

Meanwhile, if passed, businesses online would need to "dedicate a section of the internet website to the sale of those items and articles that is titled, at the discretion of the retailer, 'kids,' 'unisex,' or 'gender neutral.'"

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And for those who don't, they could face a fine.

The bill was first introduced last year, but as the pandemic hit, nothing came of it.

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So now, they're trying again...

Democrat, Evan Low, who chairs the California Legislative LGBT Caucus and co-authored the bill explained to the Sacramento Bee that he was inspired by Target's move to remove gendered signs back in 2015.

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"As much as I'd like to think of this as watershed legislation, this is something the industry is already doing. We're just trying to play catch up," he said.

This could be a move in the right direction.

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For more on the subject, keep on reading to see why a mom called for all kid's clothing stores to be gender-neutral...